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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Program Policies and Forms

Honor Code and Graduate Student Handbook

Graduate students at Vanderbilt University are governed by the rules and regulations set by the Vanderbilt University Graduate School. These are documented in the Graduate School catalog. The honor code is in effect for all degree candidates in the Graduate Program. All homework and examinations are to be accomplished under the Honor Code rules, unless otherwise specified by the instructor. Violation of the Honor Code will be referred to the Honor Council and can result in the termination of degree candidacy. For a brief overview of student and program expectations, please see Guidelines for Graduate Study in ChBE.

The ChBE Graduate Student Handbook defines the requirements and guidelines for the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering graduate program. Course requirements are defined as well as some of the procedures you will need to follow to successfully complete your program here at Vanderbilt. In special circumstances the faculty may waive a requirement defined in this handbook. To request a waiver, submit a letter to the Director of the Graduate Program (Jamey D. Young). The letter must clearly indicate what you are requesting to be waived and the reasons for your request.

While we will make every effort to inform students of impending deadlines, it is ultimately each student’s responsibility to see that they submit needed documents as required by the Department and the Graduate School. Students will be responsible for payment of late fees if they miss registration deadlines.

 

Academic Forms

Departmental Exam SACS evaluation form: This form will be completed at the departmental exam.

Request to appoint PhD committee: This form must be turned in to Program Coordinator Jenni Powell three weeks prior to exam. The Program Coordinator will obtain signatures and turn in to Graduate School.

Request to change PhD committee: This form must be turned in to Program Coordinator Jenni Powell three weeks prior to exam. The Program Coordinator will obtain signatures and turn in to Graduate School.

Qualifying Exam

Request to schedule qualifying exam: This form must be turned in to Program Coordinator Jenni Powell three weeks prior to exam. The Program Coordinator will obtain signatures and turn in to Graduate School.

Request to cancel or reschedule qualifying exam: This form must be turned in to Program Coordinator Jenni Powell three weeks prior to exam. The Program Coordinator will obtain signatures and turn in to Graduate School.

Submit results of qualifying exam: This form must be completed and submitted to the Program Coordinator Jenni Powell following the qualifying examination. Students should take a partially completed form to their exam to be completed by their committee following the exam.

SACS evaluation form - qualifying examination: This form must be completed at the end of the qualifying exam by the students continuing committee. The student should print out and take a copy of this form to the exam. Following the exam, the completed form must be submitted to the Program Coordinator Jenni Powell along with the results of the qualifying exam form.

Dissertation Defense

Request to schedule dissertation defense: This form must be completed and submitted to the Program Coordinator Jenni Powell in electronic form, at least three weeks prior to the proposed exam date. A thesis abstract must also be provided in electronic form. The department will submit the form to the Graduate School only upon receipt of the abstract..

Request to cancel or reschedule dissertation defense: This form must be completed and submitted to the Program Coordinator Jenni Powell in electronic form, at least three weeks prior to the proposed exam date.

Submit results of dissertation defense:   This form must be completed and submitted to the Program Coordinator Jenni Powell  following the dissertation defense. Students should take a partially completed form to their exam to be completed by their committee following the defense.

SACS evaluation form - thesis defense: This form must be completed at the end of the thesis defense exam by the students continuing committee. The student should print out and take a copy of this form to the exam. Following the exam, the completed form must be submitted to the Program Coordinator Jenni Powell along with the completed thesis defense results form.

Additional instructions, required approvals, and deadlines for the dissertation defense process can be found on the Graduate School website.

Completion of Master's Degree

Submit completion of master's degree: This form must be completed and signed by the student's adviser and a second reader.  Return to Jenni Powell  to obtain the Dean of the Graduate School's signature and submit to the Graduate School.